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  • Director

    Zhang Yang

  • Run Time

    127 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language


  • Director of Photography: Guo Daming

  • Editor: Wei Le, Zhang Yang

  • Produced by: Zhang Yang

  • Screenplay by: Zhang Yang

  • Sound Production: Yang Jiang, Zhao Nan


Up the Mountain (Huo shan)

Part of the Documentaries Strand


A portrait of a year in the painting studio of Shen Jianhua in Dali, Yunnan Province. Originally from Shanghai, Shen moved to the countryside to teach the local Bai women art and painting. The film documents both the fading traditions of the local community and the impact of a rapidly changing modern China. In the words of Wendy Ide from Screen International: ‘This lyrical documentary from Zhang Yang is a meditation on beauty.’ [U]

Up the Mountain is nominated for the 2019 Award for Best Documentary Feature Film.  

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